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Peru’s general election was to elect a President, two Vice-Presidents and members of the 130-seat Congress.

The country’s National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) initially registered 22 candidates to contest the Presidency; however, by the time of the election, only 18 stood.

Opinion polls suggested none of the candidates would secure enough votes for an outright victory in the first round, with only seven likely to contest the run-off poll two months later.

The election took place under the cloud of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government’s response to the pandemic and the worsening economic situation were key factors for voters, as well as ever-present concerns about corruption.

As expected, no candidate won the 50 per cent of votes required for an outright victory, so a run-off poll will be held between the top two candidates – Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori – on 6 June, with the winner becoming Peru’s fifth president in as many years.

In an indication of Peruvians’ disenchantment with politics and the political elite, more than three million ballots were returned as “no votes” or “null votes”. This figure is higher than the number of votes secured by the leading candidate.

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